Fishery Notice

FN1214-RECREATIONAL - Salmon - Region 1 - Cowichan River - Coho and Chum Salmon Retention - Effective November 1, 2018

Effective November 1 until December 31, 2018 the daily limit of Coho salmon is 
one, (1) per day, and the daily limit of Chum salmon is two (2) per day in the 
Cowichan River downstream from the Mile 66 Trestle Bridge to the to the Highway 
No. 1 Bridge (Silver Bridge). This is the typical boundary for this opening. 
The minimum size limit for Coho salmon is 25 cm. The minimum size limit for 
Chum salmon is 30 cm.

Anglers are being requested to provide catch information from this fishery to 
DFO through the use of a catch-card system. 

Anglers wishing to participate in this fishery can obtain cards through DFO by 
calling Brad Beaith at 250-756-7190 or the Duncan Fisheries office at 250-746-
6221. The Duncan Fisheries Office is currently open 0800-1030 Tuesday - Friday. 
Catch cards will also be available at some local retailers. 

Variation Orders: 2018-RFQ-589

More information on Region 1 recreational fisheries can be found on the 
recreational fisheries website at the address below.


Barbless hooks are required when fishing for salmon in tidal and non-tidal 
waters of British Columbia.  

Anglers are requested to release any hatchery marked sockeye.  These fish are 
hatchery raised sockeye and part of a recovery program designed to increase the 
numbers of Cultus Lake sockeye.

The term "hatchery marked" means a fish that has a healed scar in place of the 
adipose fin.

Sport anglers are encouraged to participate in the Salmon Sport Head Recovery 
program by labelling and submitting heads from adipose fin-clipped chinook and 
Coho salmon.  Recovery of coded-wire tags provides critical information for 
coast-wide stock assessment.  Contact the Salmon Sport Head Recovery Program 
toll free at (866) 483-9994 for further information.

Rockfish Conservation Areas that are currently in effect and are closed to all 
fin-fishing.  Descriptions of these closures, and other recreational fishing 
information, can be found on the Internet at:

Did you witness suspicious fishing activity or a violation?  If so, please call 
the Fisheries and Ocean Canada 24-hour toll free Observe, Record, Report line 
at 1-800-465-4336.

For the 24 hour recorded opening and closure line, call toll free at 
1-866-431-FISH (3474)

Contact the nearest Fisheries and Oceans Canada office or visit our website at

Fisheries & Oceans Operations Center - FN1214
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